Hopefully you read my recent post that explained exactly what cyberbullying is.
Do you know how to identify whether your child is being cyberbullied?
Spotting the tell-tale signs is, in my opinion, essential especially since the Megan Meier case.
Many of the warning signs associated with cyberbullying are similar to the ones you would see if your child was being bullied in real life, such as in school for example.
For instance –
- Their school grades have dropped
- They suddenly start failing tests that you know they should have passed
- They seem preoccupied or bothered about something
- Their sleep pattern becomes different – either sleeping too long or nowhere near enough
- They become irritable or are quick to anger
- They exhibit signs of insecurity in place of previous confidence – bullying always damages one’s self-esteem
- Spending far more or less time online may be an indication that they are either reacting to, or avoiding, some sort of issue
By keeping track of what your children are doing online, and monitoring their behaviour and moods, you should be able to have a fair chance of spotting if anything is wrong.
Cyberbullying can, in extreme cases, have fatal consequences.
Don’t let your kid be the next victim.